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  •  Question: Has this happened in your state before? (3+ / 0-)
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    KingofSpades, MichaelNY, Gygaxian

    Just curious.

    •  To an extent...yes (4+ / 0-)
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      KingofSpades, atdnext, jncca, MichaelNY

      We had a state rep years ago who faked a gunshot injury to get re-elected.

      He had his cousin or something shoot him in the arm with a shotgun and then said some Satanic Communist cult did it.

      •  Talk about crazy. (2+ / 0-)
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        Someone so nutsy that they were willing to inflict serious physical harm on themselves.

        "Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her: but once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game." -Voltaire

        by KingofSpades on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 01:28:18 PM PST

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      •  & did he threaten to kill another legislator? (3+ / 0-)
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        Brooks had a (borrowed) gun & 41 rounds of ammo in his car. And he reportedly had them ready for Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick (D-North Las Vegas). He was upset over her choosing Maggie Carlton (D-East Las Vegas) to Chair Assembly Ways & Means over him.

        •  Nope, but (5+ / 0-)

          that's why I say to an extent.  It was just our version of a state rep going kinda crazy.

          The state rep was Mike Martin, and if you haven't heard the story, it's a fun one.  He actually ran for a city council seat in a small city near Austin about 6 years ago.  From Molly Ivins:

          But I submit to you that there is no chance that you will ever surpass the legacy of looniness in my home state.  One of my favorite legislators was a guy named Mike Martin.

          Mike was an early harbinger of the moral majority. He was from Longview, Texas. He ran on a platform of being pro-family and pro-American. It was pretty controversial but he won anyway.

          Mike came down to the Legislature and turned out to be legislatively impaired. His problem was he was such a hopeless dipshit that he could not get a single bill passed. Not even memorial resolutions for people that had died in his district.

          Well, came two years later and there’s Mike and he’s got zip on his record. Hard to get re-elected when you got zip. And Mike turned out to have more imagination than we gave him credit for. What he did was he paid his cousin, Eddie, to shoot him in the arm with a shotgun. A touch I especially liked. And then he claimed that it had been done by a satanic and communistic cult that was out to get him on account that he, Mike Martin, was so profoundly and pro-American. Boy, this worked amazingly well. There were headlines all over the state: “Legislator Attacked By Satanic Cult.”

          I mean it was a big deal. We sent the Texas Rangers out to find these people. Now I realize that your satanic, communistic cults are practically littering the ground out here in California but they’re a little scarce in central Texas and the Rangers had no luck.

          And there was Mike back in Longview going around town with his arm in a red-white-and-blue sling. I mean it looked good for re-election.

          But, as often happens in these situations, the whole deal come unstuck because Cousin Eddie got drunk in a honky-tonk one night and spilled the beans.

          Now here’s where we in Texas can be proud. Not many Legislators had the foresight to make it illegal to pay somebody to shoot you. But in Texas…don’t y’all come down there and try and have that done.

          And I’m sorry to say that rather than facing up to his legal problems, Mike Martin took it on the lam. He went underground. Went into hiding. We sent the Texas Rangers out after him. They searched high; they searched low for two weeks. At last they tracked him to earth at his momma’s house in Longview. He was found hiding in the stereo cabinet. Many people have wondered what he was doing in the stereo cabinet. Myself, I always did think the man wanted to be the Speaker.

    •  Wow, his logic is about as twisted as (3+ / 0-)
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      Ray Lewis' explanation about what happened in 2000:

      “What do you think about your colleagues' decision to kick you out of the caucus?” the reporter asked.

      “It’s the dumbest thing they’ve ever done!” he said.

      Then he reversed himself.

      “No, no. Don’t say that. Don’t say that. I love them still. I’m the only true Democrat standing.”

      Asked if he would caucus with Republicans instead, Brooks responded: “Why would I do that? I just like to fight for my Second Amendment rights. Other than that, I stand alone. Only God stands with me.”

      Another example of what Marilyn Manson called "the God band-aid."

      Frankly, the bigger question is why they don't bar him from the chamber altogether before his expulsion proceedings.

      "Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her: but once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game." -Voltaire

      by KingofSpades on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 01:32:25 PM PST

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    •  can't think of anything in recent decades. (1+ / 0-)
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      I'm sure some weird stuff happened in the frontier days.

      ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

      by James Allen on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 01:49:32 PM PST

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